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By Jerry Rosser | News from psychology, consciousness, meditation, neuroscience and philosophy

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

Psychology

Equanimity vs. Indifference (Evil Twins Series)

This post is also available in: Dutch,French,German,<p>Equanimity vs. Indifference is the last article in the series about Buddhist qualities and their …

Buddhism

Three visual illusions that reveal the hidden workings of the brain

Visual illusions show us that we do not have direct access to reality. They can also provide an inkling of the mental processing that delivers our …

Neurology

Brain cells found to control aging

Scientists have found that stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made in mice, could lead to …

Longevity

What's it like to die? Study attempts to unravel the mystery

Coming close to death isn’t as predictable as the cliches want you to think<p>Death begins with you looking down at your own body and not feeling as if …

Consciousness

What Is a Paradigm Shift?

You hear the phrase “paradigm shift” all the time, and not just in philosophy. People talk about paradigm shifts in all sorts of areas: medicine, …

Consciousness

How does the brain turn unconscious information into conscious thought?

Neuroscience tells us that most of the work done by our brains happens on an unconscious level, but when does that "a-ha!" moment occur? And what …

The Brain

Spanking can be detrimental for children's behavior, even 10 years later

Past research has indicated that physical punishment, such as spanking, has negative consequences on child development. However, most research …

How To Stop Thinking Negatively About Everything, According To A Psychologist

Are you one of those people who exaggerates a bad day into an entire bad life? It's OK, we've all been guilty of it. But do this too many times, and …

Positive Thinking

Your Mind Is Stronger Than the Anxiety It Creates

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses a three-step process to shift your mindset when anxiety creeps in.<br>Read More

Anxiety

How to Explode Creativity: The Conscious Rider and the Subconscious Elephant

• shares<p>Over many years of speaking on the power of the mind I searched for the ideal metaphor to describe the conscious and subconscious. For a short …

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD causes long-lasting changes in personality, study finds

Mental health professionals have long struggled to find more effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientists are currently …

Research

If Human Thought Can Do This To Water, Just Imagine What It Can Do To Us

<b>“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its</b> …

What a ‘Transcendent Experience’ Really Means

Several years ago, I met a woman named Janeen Delaney who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Janeen, who grew up in a Christian household, had …

Consciousness

[Body Awareness] Reveal Your Authentic Self

Part Two: The Body is the Subconscious Mind<p>Probably the most valuable thing I learned from my hypnotherapy training is the depth and power of the …

Mind

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Buddhism

Mindfulness is one of the most basic practices of Buddhism. It is part of the Eightfold Path and is one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. And …

Mindfulness

Super-agers: This special group of older adults suggests you can keep your brain young and spry

My Facebook page is a collection of links to stories about inspirational people. Almost all have a common theme — older people who do extraordinary …

The Brain

Scientists Uncover a Higher State of Consciousness

Neuroscientists from the University of Sussex made a pretty neat discovery as they claim to have just found evidence of a higher state of …

Consciousness

Quantum experiment could test if human consciousness is material or immaterial

Is there more to the mind than just classical physics?<p>The moment that the philosopher René Descartes first considered that famous phrase, "I think, …

Consciousness

Choosing When and How to Die

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “The Death and Life of John Shields” (“The End” series, front page, May 28), about a Canadian man with an incurable disease who orchestrated his final days before a physician-assisted death:<p>John Shields gave himself and his loved ones an amazing gift by planning and attending his …

Medicine

Your sex life is only as old as you feel

The closer you feel to your actual age, the less likely you are to be satisfied with your sex life, a University of Waterloo study has found.<p>The …

New research on multiple personalities is challenging the idea that we have a fixed identity

Until she was 40 years old, Melanie Goodwin had no memory of her life before the age of 16. Then, a family tragedy triggered a cataclysmic psychological change. Suddenly she was aware of other identities inside her, and the barriers between them were crumbling. The different identities belonged to …

Meditation: A Cheaper Alternative for Pain Meds

Just ten minutes of mindfulness meditation could be used as an alternative to painkillers, according to research by Leeds Beckett University.<p>Results …

Meditation and Neuroscience: New Wave of Breakthroughs in Research on Meditative Practices

Zen, mindfulness, and meditation in general are believed to promote psychological and physical well-being. But why? An emerging generation of …

The Brain

The Political Psychology of Climate Change Denial

As the world continues to warm and the impending consequences of humanity’s treatment of the planet come slowly into focus, there are still many …

Climate

When Your Meditation Practice Feels Boring: Is It All in Your Head?

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford. —Samuel Johnson, English writerLike Dr. …

Mindfulness

The Missing Apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy Could Save Us All

When psychologist Abraham Maslow died, he wasn’t quite finished with his famous hierarchy of human needs.<p>Abraham Maslow<p>He’d presented his pyramid in …

Consciousness

Human Mind and Quantum Physics — A Strange Link

“I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.” The American physicist …

Quantum Mechanics

New Study Reveals An Astonishing Difference BetweenThe Brains Of Meditators Compered To Non-Meditators

I'm in!<p>Human knowledge is constantly evolving and changing, yet most of us believe scientific theories to be fact rather than working understandings …